Sunday, October 28, 2012

1895 marriage license

This is the 1895 marriage license of my great-grandparents, William Hoskins and Catherine Anna Martin Campbell Hoskins.  They were married March 26, 1895, in Blackfoot, Idaho, by Fred S Stevens, the probate judge of Bingham county.  According to the license, William was living in Pocatello and Katie was living at Ross Fork (on the Sho-Ban reservation).  Katie had been widowed 5 years earlier and had lost her only child, a daughter, at 8 months of age.  The family legend says that Katie was working at a store on the reservation to support herself and met William, who was a cowboy by trade.  He worked breaking horses and eventually lost his health because of the many rough spills he had taken during his life.  The fee for the license was $1 - most likely the whole day's wage for a working man in that era.  The license is fragile and yellowed, but a precious piece of the past.

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